Liverpool (3-4-3): Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Markovic, Henderson, Lucas, Moreno, Sterling, Coutinho, Borini
Liverpool can count themselves unlucky that they didn’t manage to get past Chelsea in the two legs of the Capital One Cup semi-final, but their performances have shown that they are nearing their best form. Manager Brendan Rodgers has utilised a non-traditional 3-4-3 system in recent games and is set to play the same way for the visit of West Ham this weekend. Star striker Daniel Sturridge is nearing a comeback but is expected to only have a spot on the bench, whilst Steven Gerrard could also sit out with a slight injury. Although Mario Balotelli is fit, Fabio Borini is set to get the nod up front after some impressive displays.
West Ham United (4-1-2-1-2): Adrian, Jenkinson, Reid, Tomkins, Cresswell, Song, Nolan, Noble, Downing, Sakho, Carroll
West Ham are one of the surprise clubs this season, as they sit in 7th one point above their opponents Liverpool in this weekend’s fixture. The Hammers also had a successful victory over Bristol City to progress in the FA Cup, and will be looking to get a positive result at Anfield in order to stay in the hunt for a place in Europe. Manager Sam Allardyce will, however, be sweating over the fitness of two key players in Carl Jenkinson and Alex Song, who have slight doubts heading into the fixture. The game against Liverpool sees Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll return to the club they were dubbed as flops, and will hope to prove a point to their doubters.
I expect Daniel Sturridge to be in Liverpool’s 18 V West Ham
— EPL Agent (@TransferSpoiler) January 29, 2015
— Sundip Kainth (@SundipKainth) January 29, 2015
People dont understand that the West Ham game is actually a crunch game for us…anything but a win will hurt us bad #LFC
— Man of Justice (@SuperGops) January 30, 2015
— Kyle Maichle (@kylemaichle52) January 30, 2015
One of Steven Gerrard’s greatest ever goal was against West Ham United in the FA Cup final back in 2006…